78 graduate Norton Safety Town

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

Norton’s 38th Safety Town had adjustments but went off successfully the week of June 7-11.

“We graduated 78 students at the Performing Arts Center at Norton High School on June 11,” longtime Safety Town director Vicky Wallace told The Herald.

Wallace said they had 35 teen volunteers working with the tots, along with nine members of the Norton Women’s Club, who handled the classroom work and helped feed the staff and volunteers.

This year was a little different. Last year’s crop of incoming kindergarteners got cheated out of Safety Town due to the pandemic, so this was their Safety Town. This year’s incoming kindergarteners will have their Safety Town the week of Aug. 9, right before school starts up again.

“To try and social distance the best we could, we restructured our schedule so the class sizes would be smaller,” Wallace said, “and we were able to hold the majority of our classes outside.”

Norton Safety Town is a collaboration between the city’s safety services and the Women’s Club and this year Officer Cody Mitchen represented the department.

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Norton Police Officer Cody Mitchen instructs the children in the fine points of personal safety.

 

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